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By John Sandford

The crime spree must have ended while Lucas Davenport killed the feminine financial institution robber through the shoot-out. yet it’s simply starting, as the woman’s husband isn’t approximately to allow Lucas—or an individual he loves—escape retribution.
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And he notion, evening scope. earlier than the final phrases have been out, he mounted at the place of the lads arising from the again. He may experience the movement. Butters ran sideways and fired a protracted, ripping burst around the staff, thirty rounds pounding downrange, his face flashing within the muzzle flash like a wagon spoke in a strobe mild. The go back hearth used to be in need of him, of the place he have been. relocating for all time, he punched out the journal and slammed in one other, trying to find muzzle flashes, squirting speedy 3- and four-shot bursts at them, extra to suppress than to hit. And nonetheless the go back hearth was once brief . . . Then he used to be in the back of a storage; he sensed anything in entrance of him and slowed simply in time. He touched after which vaulted a four-foot chain-link fence, crossed a backyard, went over the subsequent fence, driven via a hedge, scratching his face, took one other fence, then one other, heard rubbish cans crashing in the back of him, screams, one other burst of gunfire which went in different places, extra screams. He may possibly listen himself respiring, gasping for air, attempting to consider approximately what number shells will be left; he inspiration might be six or 8, plus the 3rd journal in his pocket. He felt strong, he used to be relocating, working, he used to be on most sensible of it. Heading east. THE LOUDSPEAKER AND the gunfire took them suddenly, Lucas and the opposite law enforcement officials status in the back of autos, conversing quietly between themselves. They stiffened, grew to become, weapons popping out, males crouching in the back of vehicles. Then radios all started speaking up and down the block, and Lucas, working to a St. Paul squad, acknowledged, “What? What? ” “Shit, considered one of them’s out, he’s might be coming this way,” a patrol sergeant acknowledged. Lucas ran again towards his personal humans, touched them, “Watch it, watch it, he might be coming . . . ” Butters ran tough as he may well, made it to the top of the block, handed among homes, and at midnight house among them, ran nearly headlong right into a small tree. The blow knocked him down, yet he hung on to the rifle. Blood trickled into his mouth, and the edge instructed him that he’d lower his lip, most likely badly. He crawled towards the road, collected himself. around the method, he may pay attention humans speaking; extra accumulated at the back of him. He had no selection. He slapped the journal as soon as to ensure it used to be seated, and ran out into the road. There: a cop—someone—dead forward, at the back of a squad motor vehicle, no longer a lot to determine, turning towards him, crouching, hand bobbing up . . . Butters, nonetheless working, fired a burst on the cop at the back of the auto, observed him cross down. one other cop unfolded from his correct, then a 3rd, after which he used to be hit: a stinging blow, as though anyone had struck his naked butt with a hickory change. He knew what it used to be, or even as he lower back the hearth he undergone the road of vehicles, and law enforcement officials have been firing into one another as they attempted to get him, males spilling themselves into the snow to break out from the bullets, others screaming . . . And Butters ran. a home, instantly forward, with lighting on. And there has been a few soreness now, greater than an discomfort, extra like a fireplace, in his thigh. He ran up 4 steps of the porch of the lighted condominium, to a stone-faced access and a nearly full-length glass pane within the entrance door.

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